While driving, you see some pretty stupid behavior.
Two cases in point, one dumb, and one even dumber.
In the first case, someone is attempting to merge onto the interstate. There are two vehicles already in the right lane, and a huge space between those two and the car further behind. At least 100 yards of space. Plenty of room to get in, and to spare. The person merging absolutely had to speed up to try to get between those two cars, and the second one had to quickly pull into the left lane to keep from being hit.
Why? What in the world would have been wrong with merging behind both? After all, he was behind both when he got into the merge lane anyway. Are you really going to get there that much faster because you are ahead of that one car?
Dumber still was the escalating road rage between two semi trucks pulling oversize loads through a construction zone.
Call them blue truck and yellow truck.
When i got on the interstate, yellow truck was in front, blue truck was right on his tail, staying as close as possible so as not to have to let anyone in.
It was the highest traffic time of the day on that stretch of the interstate, which is undergoing widening there. There is no shoulder at all, and it is a dangerous stretch. The traffic was at an almost stop, and the on ramp merge lane was stopped. Most vehicles were letting one car from the merge lane on in front, but blue truck was absolutely refusing.
Yes, i thought it odd, that he should hug the rear of the truck in front so closely, especially since most truckers do let a vehicle or two in at that stretch. At first glance, though, i dismissed it as the driver of blue truck just being nasty.
By the time he refused to allow the second merge at the next on ramp, i was wondering what was going on.
When the construction zone ended just over two miles later, at the first opportunity blue truck, which had ridden the whole way tailgating yellow truck, pulled out, whipping that load all over the place, and sped up to pass.
They then passed and re-passed each other, each trying to get ahead, each barely staying within his own lane, until i was afraid of what would happen next.
Thankfully blue truck finally exited.
It left me wondering if those two nitwits realized what they could have done, or even cared.
If you can't control your temper when behind the wheel, you don't belong behind the wheel. Especially if you are driving something that big at interstate speed.
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